Malawian Airlines

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Malawian Airlines
Malawian Airlines Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
3W MWI MALAWIAN
Founded July 2013 (2013-07)
Commenced operations 31 January 2014 (2014-01-31)
Hubs Lilongwe International Airport
Focus cities Blantyre
Fleet size 2
Destinations 6
Company slogan From the Warm Heart of Africa[1]
Parent company Malawian Government (51%)
Headquarters Lilongwe, Malawi
Key people Kassim Geresu (CEO)[2]
Website www.malawian-airlines.com

Malawian Airlines Limited is the flag carrier airline of Malawi based in Lilongwe with its hub at Lilongwe International Airport.[3] It was established in 2012 after the liquidation of Air Malawi, the former national airline. Ethiopian Airlines operates it under a management contract and owns 49% of the airline after it emerged as the winner following competitive bidding.

History[edit]

The airline was formed in July 2013 (2013-07),[4] following the collapse of Air Malawi, the hitherto national carrier, in February 2013, as a result of inability to pay its debts.[5][6] A deal with Ethiopian Airlines, that would see this carrier having a 49% shareholding in Air Malawi, was finalised in July 2013 (2013-07); the agreement also contemplated the renaming of Air Malawi to Malawian Airlines Ltd.[7][8]

Operations commenced on 31 January 2014 (2014-01-31) serving the BlantyreLilongwe domestic route using 67-seater Bombardier Q400 equipment.[9][10] Malawian launched its first international service to Harare on 3 February 2014 (2014-02-03).[11] Johannesburg was added to the route network two weeks later, on 17 February,[12] and Dar es Salaam was incorporated on 18 February.[13]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Ownership[edit]

As of September 2014, the shareholders of the airline were the Government of Malawi (51%) and Ethiopian Airlines (49%).[14] The government will offload 31% of its stake to private investors after a minimum period of 12 months after operations commence and it expects to earn US$ 6 million from this sale.[15]

Destinations[edit]

Malawian Airlines serves the following destinations, as of January 2015:[16]

Country City Airport Start End Refs
Malawi Blantyre Chileka International Airport 31 January 2014 N/A [9][17]
Malawi Lilongwe Lilongwe International Airport Hub N/A N/A [17]
Mozambique Beira Beira Airport 1 November 2014 (2014-11-01) N/A [18]
Mozambique Nampula Nampula Airport 1 November 2014 (2014-11-01) N/A [18][19]
Mozambique Tete Chingozi Airport 1 November 2014 (2014-11-01) N/A [18][19]
South Africa Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport 17 February 2014 N/A [12]
Tanzania Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport 18 February 2014 N/A [13]
Zambia Lusaka Kenneth Kaunda International Airport 17 February 2014 N/A [20]
Zimbabwe Harare Harare International Airport 3 February 2014 N/A [11][21]

The airline is expected to start scheduled services to the following destinations:[22][23][24]

Fleet[edit]

As of March 2015, the airline's fleet (registered in Ethiopia but are operated under local air operator certificates) consists of:[25][10][26][27][28]

Malawian Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-800 1 16 138 154
Bombardier Dash 8 1 7 60 67
Total 2 -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mkandawire, Lucky (15 February 2014). "Malawian Airlines unveils Jburg route Feb 17: acquires Boeing 737-800 flight". Nyasa Times. Archived from the original on 15 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kassim Geresu Appointed As CEO of Malawian Airlines". Nazret.com. 6 October 2013. Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Mkandawire, Lucky (19 February 2014). "Passengers express pride as Malawian Airlines inaugurates J'burg flight". Nyasa Times. Archived from the original on 20 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Moores, Victoria (26 February 2014). "Newly launched Malawian Airlines begins international flights". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "243 lose their jobs at Air Malawi". Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ethiopia, Malawi Air deal puts new pressure on Kenya Airways". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Moores, Victoria (9 July 2013). "Reports: Ethiopian Airlines, Air Malawi finalize deal". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 11 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Air Malawi Now To Be Called Malawian Airlines". Malawi Voice. 4 July 2013.  Archived 19 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b "Malawian Airlines Receives Another Aircraft". AllAfrica.com. 16 February 2014.  Archived 19 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b "Malawi Airlines Kick Start With A Domestic Flight: Blantyre-Lilongwe". Malawi Voice. 1 February 2014.  Archived 19 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ a b "Zimbabwe: Malawian Airways Lands in Zim". AllAfrica.com. The Herald. 5 February 2014.  Archived 19 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ a b "Ethiopian Strategic Partner, Malawian Airlines, Launches its First International flight to Johanne [sic]" (Press release). Ethiopian Airlines. 21 February 2014.  Archived 28 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Malawian Airlines to fly to Tete, Nampula". Nyasa Times. 24 September 2014.  Archived 3 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Jassi, Kingsley (2014-02-05). "Malawi Airlines’ shares on sale in a year". timesmediamw.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  15. ^ "Flight Schedule". Malawian Airlines. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Mkandawire, Lucky (14 February 2014). "Malawi Airlines [sic] inaugurates first domestic flight". Nyasa Times.  Archived 3 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ a b c "Malawian Airlines introduces Daily Flights to Mozambique" (Press release). Malawian Airlines. 24 October 2014.  Archived 3 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ a b "Malawian Airlines Adds New Service to Mozambique from Nov 2014". Airline Route. 23 September 2014.  Archived 3 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Malawi Airlines launches Lilongwe to Lusaka non-stop service". Lusaka Voice. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  20. ^ "Malawian Airlines commences Harare flight". Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  21. ^ "Malawian Airlines to launch with a B737-800, Q400; outlines plans". ch-aviation. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  22. ^ "Ethiopian invests $20m in Malawi Airlines". The Nation Online. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "Iata, DCA to review Malawian Airlines plan". The Nation Online. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  24. ^ "Malawian Airlines to launch with a B737-800, Q400; outlines plans". ch-aviation. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  25. ^ "Malawian Airlines fleet". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 26 April 2015. [unreliable source?]
  26. ^ "Malawian Airlines inaugurates first domestic flight". ch-aviation. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  27. ^ "Malawian Airlines flights - Fleet". South Africa Travel Online. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 

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